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Belle De Jour (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Catherine Deneuve , Luis Buñuel    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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A young Paris housewife, Séverine, grows bored with her stable husband. When she learns of the presence of a high-class brothel in her neighborhood, she quietly goes to work there--but only during the day, until five o'clock in the afternoon. This sublime 1967 film is one of the latter-day masterpieces of the Spanish-born director Luis Buñuel, whose career forms one of the greatest and boldest arcs in cinema. By the time of Belle de Jour, Buñuel had become almost completely deadpan in his style, which not only leaves the motivation of Séverine a mystery (despite a few flashbacks to degradations of her youth), but also casts the entire plot in doubt. An old surrealist from the 1920s (when his first classic, Un Chien Andalou, was made in collaboration with Salvador Dali), Buñuel suggests that what we see may be real, or simply Séverine's imagination. Because he was the least pretentious of directors, Buñuel keeps his material playful, wicked, yet cutting. As Séverine, the impossibly lovely Catherine Deneuve uses her cool demeanor to great effect--she never breaks her deadpan, either. In 1995, after having been out of official circulation for years, Belle de Jour was re-released in America and became an unexpected art-house hit. --Robert Horton

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The porcelain perfection of Catherine Deneuve (Repulsion) hides a cracked interior in the actress’s most iconic role: Séverine, a chilly Paris housewife by night, a bordello prostitute by day. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel (Viridiana) is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters’ and its viewers’), as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality commingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New high-definition digital restoration • Audio commentary featuring Michael Wood, author of the BFI Film Classics book Belle de jour • New video piece featuring writer and sexual-politics activist Susie Bright and film scholar Linda Williams • New interview with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière • Excerpt from the French television program Cinéma, featuring interviews with Carrière and actress Catherine Deneuve • Original and American release trailers • New and improved English subtitle translation • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Melissa Anderson and a 1970s interview with director Luis Buñuel



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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware! March 12 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Description of product on Amazon is in english but product contains no english subtitles. Even the cd has english warnings about copyrighting etc. A blu-ray / dvd which you would expect hope to go the little extra of english subtitles. Stupid to market this product in north american market - even netflix isn't this stupid! Beware of the lack of effort of this product even though there is the fine print of french language!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Served hot. July 31 2002
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Format:DVD
The best film Martin Scorcese has been involved with since *The Last Temptation of Christ* is one he didn't direct: 1967's *Belle de Jour*, by master-director Luis Bunuel. The fact that this movie's re-release, overseen by Scorcese in 1995, created a sensation in art-houses only illustrates what a graveyard European cinema is today by comparison. At any rate . . . *Belle de Jour* is about a repressed, wealthy young housewife who finds herself irresistably drawn to a high-class Parisian whorehouse. She becomes a part-time employee, working the day-shift from 2 to 5, before beating it back home before clueless hubby returns from work. Because this is Bunuel, you may find yourself wondering what's really happening to Catherine Deneuve and what she's simply fantasizing. Don't worry about it. Remember that for Bunuel, the interior and exterior life had the same level of importance; it was all life to him, and therefore real. Applying a magnifying glass to your TV screen in order to look for "clues" that demonstrate either reality or fantasy would be missing the point. I suppose that in the final analysis, *Belle de Jour* will aggravate meat-and-potatoes movie-watchers craving linear narrative. (You know who you are, and you've been warned.) The rest will rightly not give a hoot about "reality", and will enjoy the comical details in this study of sexual fantasies and obsession. The autumnal photography by cinematography legend Sacha Vierny, as well as the magisterial direction itself -- as unobtrusive as it is stylish, an effect earned by Bunuel's 40 years of hard work --, should win over those sitting on the fence. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Strange, and Memorable May 9 2002
The premise of BELLE DU JOUR is well known. A young, beautiful, and slightly frigid doctor's wife (Catherine Deneuve) secretly harbors fantasies of being dominated, humiliated, and abused by her husband (Jean Sorel.) When these fantasies can no longer be denied, she becomes a prostitute under the sponsorship of a possibly lesbian madam (Geneviève Page), working during the afternoons while her husband is at his own work. Her sexuality is awakened by the sometimes brutish clients, who soon discover that "she likes it rough," and she is ultimately caught up a relationship with a truly dangerous client (Pierre Clémenti) whose possessiveness threatens to destroy both her and her husband.
Throughout the film Deneuve slips in and out of memory and fantasy, sometimes recalling herself as a possibly molested child, sometimes imagining herself as the victim in a series of sexual assault fantasies. Director Bunuel, whose masterpiece this is, so blurs the line between memory, reality, and fantasy that by the film's conclusion one cannot be sure if some, most, or everything about the film has been Deneuve's fantasy. Although it includes a number of impressive performances (particularly by Geneviève Page, her girls, and their clients), BELLE is essentially Deneuve's film from start to finish, and she gives an astonishing performance that cannot be easily described. Like the film itself, it is a balancing act between fantasy and a plausible reality that may actually be nothing of the kind. Bunuel presents both her and the film as a whole in an almost clinical manner, and is less interested in gaining our sympathy for the character than in presenting her as an object for intellectual observation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revolution by day-dream. March 15 2002
Format:DVD
'Belle De Jour' opens with a woman being dragged out of a landau by her husband and two coachmen, pushed into a forest, tied to a tree, stripped, viciously whipped and then assaulted. This shocking display of male violence and female submission, implicating characters, director and (desiring male) viewer, will become the film's main theme, but not in the way it first appears. As the film continues, Severine, a frigid, bourgeois wife, will be splattered with excrement, will lie in a coffin to stimulate a role-playing Duke, will work as a prostitute during the day, where she will meet an abusive lover. She shares a name with the heroine of Sacher-Masoch's 'Venus In Furs', that classic text of masochism, the pleasure in being abused. These instances of degradation and humiliation, however, are the perverse means of her liberation. In her perfect bourgeois world, with her perfect, handsome bourgeois husband, their well-appointed apartment, maid, rich friends, tennis clubs, expensive holidays and glamorous clothes, Severine is infantilised, treated like a child. She is cossetted, every desire pandered to until she has no (speakable) desire. She is mostly silent, rejecting that language-trap created for adults. When she visits her husband at work, she is a nuisance to be gently removed.
To regain or enact her desire, Severine becomes a prostitute. It is no accident in Bunuel that the worlds of sexuality and of work meet. In debasing her indolent bourgeois self, she finds her true self again. This split between middle-class courtesan and prostitute echoes the other splits in the film, that between mind and body, male and female, dream/fantasy and reality, past and present, city and country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Belle de Jour - Sent me wrong version
This is a great movie. But i ordered the Blue-Ray version and got the DVD. This is the first time i have a mess up like this, so i just decided to eat the loss. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rod Stinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Bunuel film at a fantastic price
Buy this one along with "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie". Two excellent later Bunuel films with very good bluray transfers. Read more
Published 16 months ago by nobody
1.0 out of 5 stars Not bilingual...
French, just French. Lovely language, especially if you understand it (so I'm told). This disc has no English content: no English audio and NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
Published 16 months ago by Bob
2.0 out of 5 stars NO English subtitles, no commentary, no extras
This review is for the version by Alliance Films Release Date: Sep 4 2012 ASIN: B008OTGBMU.

I'm used to important French films always having English subtitles. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Keith Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Devoid of supplements & subtitles
This blu-ray & DVD release is basically a stripped down version of the European release of this film. There are no supplements or subtitles whatsoever. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Bradley Delahaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Belle de Jour on BLU-RAY: great movie with a great transfer but....
Great movie with a great transfer but....it is a region B blu-ray. This is the european edition. You will need a blu-ray player which is switchable to region B. Read more
Published on July 13 2010 by L. Chausse
4.0 out of 5 stars An unbalance look at female sexual perversion.
Belle de Jour most definitely belongs to the realm of cinematic classics. It is arguably the most accessible of Bunuel's films and probably the best introduction to his work... Read more
Published on Dec 2 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring de jour....
Horrible example of passe erotica...PG-13 by today's standards. Not in the same league as The Story of O, Emmanuel, or The Image. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the complaints; the quality is FINE
First, let's get something straight: Belle de Jour was shot 35 years ago in France. It's just not ever going to look as clean, sharp, and saturated as a newer movie. Read more
Published on July 12 2002 by Wing J. Flanagan
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the movie 1 for the dvd
Halfway, I had to stop watching the movie. I could not stand the audio! This is a great movie acted by one of the great forces of nature - Catherine Deneuve. Read more
Published on July 11 2002 by C. Court
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